San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Concord, Mass. — TomTom plans spring availability of its next-generation portable navigation device (PND) for motorcycles.
The $299-suggested Rider, available in the spring, provides bikers with more options to create a customized route. Its 4.3-inch glove-friendly screen has been improved for use in rain and in bright direct sunlight. A new charging dock turns Rider on and off with the bike’s ignition.
Bluetooth is available to send voice instructions to a user’s headset.
Amsterdam – TomTom returned to profitability in 2012, with a fourth quarter operating profit and a net profit for the year.
But the company reported that revenues fell in the fourth quarter by 19 percent to 289 million euros and by 17 percent for the full year to 1.06 billion euros.
Net profits for the quarter hit 99.5 million euros, up 744 percent, and for the full year hit 129.2 million euros, compared to a full-year 2011 net loss of 439 million euros.
Operating profits in the quarter were up 137 percent to 24.6 million euros.
LAS VEGAS – TomTom upgraded its cellular-delivered HD (High Density) Traffic service with improved real-time detection of traffic incidents and more accurate time-of-arrival estimates, thanks to a major expansion of the number of vehicles tracked in real time to 76 million from a year-ago 3 million, the company announced.
The 6.0 version of HD Traffic “is able to report the location and length of traffic jams on highways five times more accurately than the previous version of TomTom HD Traffic,” the company said.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Industrywide portable navigation device (PND) retail-level sales fell in North America by 21 percent in units in the third quarter to 1.5 million and in Europe by 13 percent to 2.6 million, TomTom said in reporting its third-quarter sales and profits.
The PND industry’s third-quarter decline follows a second-quarter North American decline of 19 percent to 1.7 million units and a first-quarter 33 percent decline to 1.4 million units, TomTom said in previous financial reports.